George Steel

The Test of Time

If George Steel had said “I told you so” at the press event announcing the New York City Opera 2012-13 season, I don’t think anyone would have begrudged him. Of course, he’s far too charming, smart and gracious for that. But what he did say had the same effect: that the company was on track(…)

The Troubles With Opera

… It’s bad enough the company has such severe financial problems that they threaten disintegration. It’s worse that these problems were caused by supposed lovers of opera and are now being exacerbated by people who should know better, who should know what opera is yet instead demand their “Opera,” in all it’s trappings, a course that would surely sink the company as quickly as a gold bar placed on a balsa wood raft…


My interview with New York City Opera‘s Artistic Director George Steel is up at Classical TV, give it a look.  I cannot overstate how great it is to have City Opera back and Steel in charge.  It’s a company that places the most emphasis on the works, not on the stars and gala trappings of(…)